Birthdays in History in 1909

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 255

  • Jan 1 Barry Goldwater, (Sen-R-Az, 1953-65, 69- )/Presidential candidate (R) 1964)
  • Jan 1 Stepan Bandera, Ukrainian nationalist leader (d. 1959)
  • Jan 2 Rene Etiemble, French literature historian (Parlez-vous Franglais)
  • Jan 5 Simon Harcourt Nowell-Smith, bibliophile
  • Jan 5 Stephen Cole Kleene, mathematician (Regular Expressions)
  • Jan 6 Johannes H Moesman, Dutch surrealist painter (Rumor)
  • Jan 6 Keith Davis, voice tutor/author
  • Jan 8 Evelyn Wood, American educator (d. 1995)
  • Jan 10 Grace Mitchell, educator
  • Jan 13 Marinus van der Lubbe, Dutch communist
  • Jan 14 Joseph Walton Losey, Wisconsin, director (Damned, Accident)
  • Jan 15 Jean Bugatti, German-born automobile designer (d. 1939)
  • Jan 22 Lev D Landau, Russian physicist (Nobel 1962)
  • Jan 22 U Thant, Burma, Burmese politician and 3rd Secretary-General of the United Nations (1961-72), born in Pantanaw, Myanmar
  • Jan 22 Porfirio Rubirosa, Dominican diplomat and international playboy (d. 1965)
  • Jan 29 George Thomas, 1st Viscount Tonypandy, British politician (Speaker of the House of Commons), born in Port Talbot, Wales (d. 1997)
  • Jan 30 Saul David Alinsky, radical writer (John L Lewis), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 31 Foley Newns, British colonial administrator
  • Jan 31 Miron Grindea, literary editor
  • Feb 1 Douglas Hall, Governor (Somaliland Protectorate)
  • Feb 3 M Vasalis [Margaretha Droogleever Fortuyn-Leenmans], poet (Phoenix)
  • Feb 3 Simone Weil, social philosopher/Resistance fighter (WWII), born in Paris, France
  • Feb 4 Kenneth W Howell, English Anglican bishop (Chile/Bolivia/Peru)
  • Feb 7 Hélder Câmara, Roman catholic archbishop (d. 1999)
  • Feb 9 Dean Rusk, US Secretary of State (1961-69)
  • Feb 9 John Eustace Theodore Brancker, lawyer/parliamentarian
  • Feb 10 George Douglass Milne, British peer, soldier and artist, born at Lichfield (d. 2005)
  • Feb 11 Joseph L Mankiewicz, Wilkes-Barre PA, film writer/director (Sleuth)
  • Feb 14 A Moses Klein, poet (Hath Not a Jew...), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Feb 15 Harold Beeley, British diplomat
  • Feb 15 Miep Gies, Dutch biographer of Anne Frank
  • Feb 16 Richard McDonald, American fast food pioneer (d. 1998)
  • Feb 18 Wallace Stegner, novelist/critic (Pulitzer-1971-Angle of Repose)
  • Feb 21 Hans Erni, Swiss painter and sculptor, born in Lucerne, Switzerland (d. 2015)
  • Feb 21 Helen O Dickens, [Henderson], US physician/gynaecologist
  • Feb 22 Roderick Barclay, diplomat
  • Feb 24 August William Derleth, Sauk City Wisc, writer (Judge Peck Mysteries)
  • Feb 24 Max Black, Dutch/British/US philosopher (analytical philosophy)
  • Feb 24 Michael Francis Morris Lindsay, orientalist
  • Feb 25 Edgar Pangborn, American sci-fi author (Judgment of Eve, Davy)
  • Feb 25 John Evan "Jasper" Weston-Davies [pen name Berkley Mather], English writer, born in Gloucester (d. 1996)
  • Feb 25 Geoffrey Dummer, electronics engineer, first to build integrated circuit / microchip, born in Hull England (d. 2002)
  • Feb 26 Phyllis Fanny Primrose-Pechey Cradock, TV Chef
  • Feb 26 King Talal of Jordan (d. 1972)
  • Feb 28 Stephen Spender, English poet and critic (Vienna, Edge of Darkness), born in London (d. 1995)
  • Mar 1 Robert Selby Taylor, bishop
  • Mar 2 Jan Fabricius, Dutch playwright
  • Mar 3 Jay Morris Arena, inventor/pediatrician
  • Mar 3 Kenton Kilmer, American writer, born in Morristown, New Jersey (d. 1995)
  • Mar 4 Harry B Helmsley, American billionaire builder (Empire State Building), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 5 Sutan Sjahrir, premier of Indonesia (1945-47)

  • Mar 6 Obafemi Awolowo, Nigerian statesman and nationalist, born in Ikenne, British Nigeria (d. 1987)
  • Mar 7 Greta Schoon, German poet, born in Spetzerfehn (d. 1991)
  • Mar 7 Leo Malet, French crime novelist
  • Mar 8 Hugh Murphy, English multi-millionaire
  • Mar 9 Derk Bodde, American sinologist (d. 2003)
  • Mar 10 Gerard Croiset, Dutch paragnost
  • Mar 13 Gilbert Inglefield, Mayor of London (1967-68)
  • Mar 14 Andre Pieyre de Mandiargues, French writer (Margin)
  • Mar 17 Patrick Reilly, Ootacamund, India, British diplomat
  • Mar 18 Ernest Gallo, American winemaker (d. 2007)
  • Mar 22 Gabrielle Roy, French-Canadian novelist (Tin Flute)

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Mar 24 Clyde Barrow, American bank robber (of Bonnie & Clyde fame), born in Ellis County, Texas (d. 1934)

Bank Robber Clyde Barrow
Bank Robber
Clyde Barrow
  • Mar 27 Golo Mann, [Gottfried], German/US historian (Antisemitism)
  • Mar 28 Nelson Algren, American novelist (Man with the Golden Arm)
  • Mar 29 Yvonne Waegemans, Flemish writer (Gnome Patjoepelke)
  • Mar 31 Pieter Jongeling, Dutch author (under Piet Prins) and politician
  • Mar 31 Robert Brasillach, French author/nazi collaborator
  • Apr 6 William M. Branham, American evangelist (d. 1965)
  • Apr 7 Robert Charroux, French writer (d. 1978)
  • Apr 8 George Dixon, trumpet/sax
  • Apr 8 William James Millar Mackenzie, political scientist
  • Apr 9 Domenico Enrici, Apostolic Nuncio
  • Apr 13 Eudora Welty, Jackson Ms, novelist (Optimist's Daughter-Pulitzer 1973)
  • Apr 13 Mervyn Hugh Cowie, willife conservationist
  • Apr 13 Stanislaw Marcin Ulam, Polish mathematician (d. 1984)
  • Apr 16 Herman Uyttersprot, Flemish literature historian
  • Apr 17 Alain Emile Louis Marie Poher, politician
  • Apr 17 Humphrey Sims Moore, pacifist/journalist
  • Apr 20 Guido Alberti, literary patron/businessman
  • Apr 20 Richard Stubbs, publicity adviser
  • Apr 21 Rollo May, American psychologist, Love & Will)
  • Apr 22 Rita Levi-Montalcini, Italian neurologist, Nobel laureate, (d. 2012)
  • Apr 22 Indro Montanelli, Italian journalist and historian (d. 2001)
  • Apr 23 Thomas Padmore, senior civil servant
  • Apr 24 Bernhard Grzimek, zoologist (West Germany)
  • Apr 24 Irven Spence, animator
  • Apr 27 Muriel C Bradbrook, English writer (That Infidel Place)
  • Apr 29 Daniel Raphael Mayer, journalist and resistance leader
  • Apr 30 Juliana, Queen of Netherlands (1948-80)
  • Apr 30 F. E. McWilliam, Irish sculptor (d. 1992)
  • May 1 Ethel Jane Cain, British telephonist and original UK Speaking Clock voice, born in England (d. 1996)
  • May 1 Yiannis Ritsos, Greek poet and political activist, born in Monemvasia (d. 1990)
  • May 4 Jeroom Verten [Jozef F Vermetten], Flemish playwright
  • May 5 Miklos Radnoti, writer
  • May 6 Loyd Sigmon, American amateur ("ham") radio broadcastor (d. 2004)

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May 7 Edwin Land, American inventor of instant photography and co-founder of the Polaroid Corporation, born in Bridgeport, Connecticut (d. 1991)

Scientist and Inventor Edwin Land
Scientist and Inventor
Edwin Land
  • May 10 Harold Collison, British trade unionist (agriculture workers), born in London (d. 1995)
  • May 11 René Bousquet, French Vichy-police chief (deported Jews), born in Montauban, Tarn-et-Garonne (d. 1993)
  • May 14 Vladimir Alatortsev, USSR, International Chess Master (1950)
  • May 16 Charles Wislon, principal (Glasgow University)
  • May 17 Edward Playfair, British senior civil servant
  • May 19 Nicholas Winton, English Humanitarian ('British Schindler' - saved 600 children from Nazis), born in London (d. 2015)
  • May 20 Edward Moss Hutchinson, educationalist
  • May 21 Guy de Rothschild, French banker
  • May 21 François-Albert Angers, Quebec economist (d. 2003)
  • May 23 Edwin Arrowsmith, diplomat
  • May 24 Guillermo Diaz-Plaja, Spanish literary/poet (Lorca)
  • May 24 Louis Fornberg, writer
  • May 24 Wilbur Mills, (Rep-D-Ark)/involved with Fanne Foxe
  • May 25 Alfred Kubel, German politician (d. 1999)
  • May 28 John Schepens, [Jean Baudoux], Flemish journalist/writer (Polyfoto)
  • May 29 Neil R[onald] Jones, American sci-fi author (Space War, Twin Worlds)
  • May 31 Jan Lewando, British director (Marks & Spencer)
  • Jun 1 Hans Vogt, Norwegian linguist (d. 1986)
  • Jun 4 William Batten, CEO (NY Stock Exchange 1976-84)
  • Jun 6 Isaiah Berlin, philosopher
  • Jun 7 Peter W Rodino, (Rep-D-NJ, 1949- )/chaired Watergate council
  • Jun 8 William Odling, major-general
  • Jun 9 Jose Luis Lopez Aranguren, philosopher
  • Jun 16 Archie Fairley Carr, biologist (d. 1987)
  • Jun 17 Elmer Lee Andersen, Governor of Minnesota (d. 2004)
  • Jun 19 Osamu Dazai, Japan, novelist (Tsugaru, No Longer Human)
  • Jun 23 Li Xiannian, President of the People's Republic of China (1983-88), born in Hong'an, Hubei, China (d. 1992)
  • Jun 24 William G Penney, British physicist (1st British Atom Bomb)
  • Jun 25 Daniel Fuchs, American writer (Summer in Williamsburg)
  • Jun 26 Betty Askwith, British writer and biographer (d. 1995)
  • Jun 26 Nicholas Polunin, environmentalist
  • Jun 28 Eric Ambler, suspense writer (Epitaph for a Spy), born in London, England
  • Jun 28 French van Immerseel, Belgian graphic artist
  • Jun 30 Juan Bosch, poet/President of Dominican Republic (1962-63)
  • Jul 1 Juan Carlos Onetti, novelist
  • Jul 1 Madge Evans, Manhattan TV panelist (Masquerade Party), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 2 Hermann Bengtson, German historian (Greeks Ancient Times)
  • Jul 3 Earl L Butz, US Secretary of Agriculture (1971-76); a real Butz
  • Jul 3 Lucy Kroll, entertainment agent
  • Jul 3 Stavros Niachos, Greece, shipping magnate (Those Fabulous Greeks)
  • Jul 4 Lynette Roberts, British poet, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1995)
  • Jul 4 Madeleine Barot, resistance heroine
  • Jul 5 Andrei Gromyko, USSR, diplomat/USSR President (1985-89) [7/18 NS]
  • Jul 8 Petar Segedin, Croatian novelist (Holy Devil)
  • Jul 10 Donald William Sinclair, co–proprietor of the Gleneagles Hotel and the inspiration for the character Basil Fawlty in Fawlty Towers (d. 1981)
  • Jul 12 2nd viscount Camrose, British Conserv Lower house leader (1941-45)
  • Jul 12 Souphanouvong, [Red Prince], president of Laos (1975-87)
  • Jul 12 Fritz Leonhardt, German civil engineer (d. 1999)
  • Jul 15 Enid Kathleen Hutchinson, adult educationalist
  • Jul 16 Geoffrey Bryan Bentley, moral theologian
  • Jul 17 Hardy Amies, royal dressmaker (Queen Elizabeth II), born in London, England
  • Jul 18 Andrei Gromyko, USSR, diplomat/USSR President (1985-89) [7/5 OS]
  • Jul 18 Mohammed Daoud Khan, President of Afghanistan (d. 1978)
  • Jul 20 Jean Focas, Greco-French astronomer (d. 1969)
  • Jul 21 Iorwerth Eiddon Stephen Edwards, Egyptologist
  • Jul 26 Peter Thorneycroft, British politician, born in Dunston, Staffordshire (d. 1994)
  • Jul 28 Malcolm Lowry, English novelist (Under the Volcano)
  • Jul 30 Cyril Northcote Parkinson, English historian (Pursuit of Progress)
  • Aug 1 Nigel Henderson, British admiral (d. 1993)
  • Aug 2 Lord Benson [Henry Alexander], British accountant (Coopers & Lybrand), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Aug 4 Roberto Burle Marx, Brazilian landscape gardener, born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 1994)
  • Aug 4 Saunders Mac Lane, American mathematician (co-founded category theory), born in Taftville, Connecticut (d. 2005)
  • Aug 9 John Baur, museum director/author (American Paintings in 19th Century)
  • Aug 9 Adam von Trott zu Solz, German diplomat (d. 1944)
  • Aug 10 Frank Bowden, industrialist/landowner
  • Aug 10 George W Crockett Jr, (Rep-D-MI, 1980- )
  • Aug 10 Julio A Abraham, president (Democratic Party Bonaire)
  • Aug 10 Leo Fender, inventor (Fender guitars including the Stratocaster), born in Anaheim California (d. 1991)
  • Aug 10 Mohammed V ibn Yusuf, King of Morocco (1953, 1955-61)
  • Aug 11 Hugo Buchthal, art historian
  • Aug 11 Jean Lancaster, director (WRNS)
  • Aug 12 Maurice Heath, air marshal
  • Aug 12 Richard Bare, American director
  • Aug 15 Raymond O'Malley, English teacher
  • Aug 19 Jerzy Andrzejewski, Polish writer (Ashes & Diamonds), born in Warsaw (d. 1983)
  • Aug 21 C. Dillon Douglas, US Secretary of Treasury (1961-65), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 2003)
  • Aug 21 Nikolay Bogolyubov, Russian mathematician, born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia (d. 1992)
  • Aug 22 Stojan T Daskalov, Bulgaria, writer (A Farm)
  • Aug 26 Frank Gasparro, US chief engraver (1965-81), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 27 Sidney R Yates, (Rep-D-IL, 1949-62, 65- )
  • Aug 29 Roy Reuther, American Labor Leader, born in Wheeling, West Virginia (d. 1968)
  • Aug 30 Barry Appleby, cartoonist
  • Aug 31 Marie-Louise Grog-Carven, French fashion designer (Ma Griffe perfume), born in Châtellerault, Poitou-Charentes (d. 2015)
  • Sep 1 E. Herbert Norman, Canadian diplomat (d. 1957)

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Sep 4 Eduard Wirths, Nazi physician (Auschwitz), born in Würzburg, Germany (d. 1945)

Nazi Physician Eduard Wirths
Nazi Physician
Eduard Wirths
  • Sep 7 Elia Kazan, Constaninople Turkey, director (Streetcar Named Desire)
  • Sep 11 William H Natcher, (Rep-D-Kentucky, 1953- )
  • Sep 12 Donald MacDonald, Canadian politician and former president of the Canadian Labour Congress (1967-74), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia (d. 1986)
  • Sep 14 Peter Scott, British naturalist and explorer (d. 1989)
  • Sep 15 Jean Batten, NZ air pioneer (1st woman to fly solo Australia-
  • Sep 15 C.N.Annadurai, Former Chief Minister of Tamilnadu
  • Sep 16 John Megaw, British Lord Justice of Appeal
  • Sep 16 [Hans JM] Fernand Lodewick, literature historian
  • Sep 17 Elizabeth Wilkinson, professor German University College London
  • Sep 17 Kenneth Darling, Commander-in-chief Allied Forces, Northern Europe
  • Sep 19 Ferry Porsche, Austrian automobile pioneer (Porsche AG), born in Wiener Neustadt, Austria-Hungary (d. 1998)

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Sep 21 Kwame Nkrumah, 1st Prime Minister of Ghana (1957-60 and 1st President Ghana (1960-66), born in Nkroful, Gold Coast (Ghana) (d. 1972)

First President of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah
First President of Ghana
Kwame Nkrumah
  • Sep 22 David Riesman, US sociologist (Lonely Crowd)
  • Sep 23 Marianne Straub, weaver
  • Sep 23 Susan Travers, English-French Foreign Legion soldier, born in London, England (d. 2003)
  • Sep 24 Gerard Ciołek, Polish architect (d. 1966)
  • Sep 25 Florizel A Glasspole, governor-gen of Jamaica (1973-91)
  • Sep 26 Helen Giuliani, mother of Rudy (Mayor-R- 1994-2002), born in NYC, New York